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    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, o

    Hello.

    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, or around a priority seat on a train, etc.

    Could you proofread this sentence, please?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, or around a priority seat on a train, etc.

    Could you proofread this sentence, please?

    Thank you.
    Yes, I could.



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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, or around a priority seat on a train, etc.

    Could you proofread this sentence, please?

    Thank you.

    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, or around a priority seat on a train, etc.

    It's correct, but I wouldn't use "etcetera". I think it's possible to find a phrase to use as a substitute. Also, I'm not sure about the phrase "around a priority seat on a train". What do you mean by that?

    Other than this comment and this question, your sentence is correct.

    It's good to see you've got a sense of humor.



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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    "around a priority seat on a train"

    Would it be better to say "near a priority seat on a train"?



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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    "around a priority seat on a train"

    Would it be better to say "near a priority seat on a train"?


    What is a "priority seat"? Is it a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person? I haven't heard "priority seat" before.


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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Yes, it is.
    What do you call a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person?

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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Yes, it is.
    What do you call a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person?
    We Canadians are a thousand times smarter than the Americans, even those in New England. I knew what priority seating meant right away! But if your audience is American, you should perhaps consider "cell phone" rather than "mobile phone," or keep "mobile" if your text is for Aussies or Europeans.


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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Yes, it is.
    What do you call a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person?
    That's a good question. I've always thought of them as "reserved". On trains and buses here, I've never seen "priority seat". There's usually a message posted on a sign asking people to give up their seat for anyone in greater need of one, such as disabled people or elderly. If "priority" seat is posted on the signs, then it's not something people usually say. I can't remember exactly what these signs read.

    Though I think the word "handicapped" has fallen out of favor, people will, nonetheless, still refer to these seats as "handicapped seats".


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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Yes, it is.
    What do you call a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person?
    Okay, now that that's cleared up, here's how I'd rewrite your sentence.

    Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplane, or near a priority seat on a train or a bus.

    I would use "near" instead of around.

    Using "etc" is rather vague. I would add to the list if possible, but I don't think "etc" works very well here.

    In the US, we say "cell-phone", but now and then one might read "mobile" phone here.

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    Re: Make sure that your mobile phone is off when you are in a hospital, on an airplan

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    What do you call a seat for someone who is disabled or a seat reserved for an elderly person?
    Although I suppose it is not politically correct, I would understand it readily if it was referred to as handicapped seating. (That is a lot shorter than seating for disabled or elderly.)

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